Marlin swimmers qualify for junior olympics meet

— YMSC correspondent

February 11, 2014 

The Yosemite Marlins Swim Club sent 20 swimmers to the Central California Short Course Championship meet last Feb. 8 and 9. The meet provides swimmers a last chance opportunity to qualify for the CCS Junior Olympics this weekend in Bakersfield.

Every swimmer on the team achieved a personal best time in one or more events last weekend. Some swimmers such as Josh Johnson, 11, Shelby Radliff, 10, MacKenzie Arnold, 11, Autumn Dobson, 10, and Jonah Dacanay, 10, blew past some of their seed times, posting drops of 15 seconds or more.

The club also had six swimmers make their new Junior Olympic cuts in one or more events including: Colin LaTour, 14, (50 meter freestyle 26.28, and 100 breaststroke 1:15.68), Benny Mace, 14, (50 free 27.64), Coury Jones,10 (50 breast 47.2 and 100 breast 1:37.06), Parker Jones, 12, (50 backstroke 35.33, 50 free 30.29, 100 butterfly 1:15.96, 100 IM 1:16.44, and 100 free 1:05:12).

Also making the cuts were Cora Lowery,10, (100 breast 1:42.68 and 200 free 2:55.31), and the youngest swimmer heading to the Junior Olympics for the club, Max Tuggle, 6, (50 free 44.41).

Head coach Tammy Kudela called the effort of the club swimmers absolutely amazing.

Rounding out the club's Junior Olympic team roster is Claire Tuggle, 9, and Theo Tuggle, 12.

The Yosemite Marlins always welcomes new members.

Details: Michelle Chenowith, YHS athletic director, mchenowith@yosemiteusd.com, Tammy Kudela, YMSC head coach, tmkudela@gmail.com.

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